The 2019/20 season has been an amazing platform for many young talents. These players have handsomely broken onto the scene and some of them have already drawn premature comparisons to Messi and Ronaldo. In this article we have a look at the eleven players who could be one to look out for the future.
The Eleven wonderkids for the 2019/20 season
So we have opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation for this lineup. Honestly speaking, it was a pretty tough ask to choose amongst the vast number of talents this season. So without any further ado, let’s have a look at the lineup.
GK – Dean Henderson
Originally a Manchester academy product, Henderson joined Sheffield United back in 2018 when it was a championship club. He helped them secure promotion to the Premier League for the first time since the year of 2007. Furthermore, he won the Golden Glove in the Championship for that year.
This season, Henderson was an integral part of Sheffield United’s excellent Premier League display. Consequently he is expected to join Manchester United next season.
RB- Achraf Hakimi
The Moroccan right back has been a revelation for Dortmund this season. Bombing up and down the flank, he was Dortmund’s top scorer in the UCL group stage. Consequently, he has been earmarked as one of the top future prospects in defence.
RCB- Çağlar Söyüncü
The 24-year-old center-back is one of the many success stories at Leicester this season. The Turkish international was called upon by Brendan Rogers to fill in the void left by the departing Harry Maguire. After looking at his performances, it is safe to say that he has not let The Foxes feel the void of their ex captain.
Joining in as a replacement for the departing De Ligt, Lisandro Martinez has been one of the best defenders in the Eredivise this season. Although, he is a defender by trade, he has also played as a defensive midfielder.
After being a regular in Ten Hag’s lineup in the 2019/20 season, it is certain that he will continue to be integral to Ajax’s plans next season.
LB- Alphonso Davies
Chelsea fans stay away! Davies is a name that haunts Chelsea fans even now. After plying his trade in the MLS, the Canadian has quickly become one of the most feared fullbacks in the world. Furthermore, he has improved his game even further after Flick’s appointment in the middle of the 2019/20 season.
In addition to that, Sane’s arrival next season could spell danger for opposition wingers and fullbacks next season.
After helping his club to secure promotion to Serie A last season, the Italian was instrumental for Brescia again at the base of the midfield,this season. Pulling the strings from midfield, he was one of the best players in a struggling Brescia side.
Owing to his tenacious style of play and impeccable long ball vision, he has earned comparisons to Italian greats like Pirlo and De Rossi. Brescia will be expecting many suitors for the young midfielder, with Juventus being the most likely club of all to land him.
CDM- Federico Valverde
After making his debut last season, Valverde has broken out as one of the best young midfielders this season. Replacing veteran midfielder Luka Modric in the lineup, he has been instrumental Real Madrid’s success in La Liga this season. However, his season highlight came against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup Final for his last ditch tackle on Morata.
As a result of Chelsea’s transfer ban at the beginning of the season, they were forced to turn to their youngsters for help. Consequently, Lampard chose to promote 20 year old Mount, with whom he worked at Derby County last season. As the most advanced midfielder, he has been an important cog in Lampard’s side.
Technically sound and tenacious off the ball, Mount is expected to be an important part of The Blues’ squad for many more years.
LW- Ansu Fati
Ansu Fati has been a revelation for Barca in the 2019/20 season. He was the youngest player to score in La Liga and the UCL. The Catalan club have looked even more impressive whenever Fati has played, with his pace, finishing and agility being an important asset for them on the pitch. As Messi and Suarez are ageing , it is expected that Fati might be the perfect player to lead Barca’s future.
RW- Mason Greenwood
Greenwood had performed brilliantly last season for the Under-18s, with 26 goals and eight assists in all competitions. He even played in United’s final game of the season and was arguably their best player in the match. However, in the 2019/20 season, he broke into Solksjaer’s lineup and formed a very potent trio alongside, Martial and Rashford. Fast, technically sound and versatile, the young Englishman can operate anywhere across the frontline. In addition to that, he is two footed as well, which makes him even more lethal.
ST- Erling Braut Haaland
With a monstrous physique, bamboozling speed, a thunderous left foot and impressive technique, Haaland is the complete forward. After an unreal season in front of goal in the UCL and the league, the Norwegian needs no further introduction. It finally seems that Mbappe might have some real competition for the Ballon D’or in the future.
With so many young talents in the 2019/20 season, it was a difficult ask for us to fit all of the talents into one lineup. Here are the honorable mentions which missed out narrowly.
Eric Garcia(Manchester City, CB) ; Eder Militao (Real Madrid, CB) ; Reece James (Chelsea, RB) ; Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid, LB) ; Bradon Williams (Manchester United, LB) ; Billy Gilmour (Chelsea, CM) ; Riqui Puig (FC Barcelona, CM) , Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig/Dinamo Zagreb, CAM/LW) ; Martin Odegaard (CAM, Real Sociedad); Marcus Llorente (CM, Atletico Madrid); Gabriel Martinelli ( FW, Arsenal)